I have a checkbox above my metabox in a custom post. When I check it and publish/update the post, it become unchecked again meaning it's not saving it's value. Here is my code for the checkbox:

add_action('add_meta_boxes', 'my_meta_box'); 
add_action('save_post', 'save_postdata');   
function my_meta_box() {
        'Movie Meta Options',
function movie_options_meta_box_func( $post ) {
  wp_nonce_field( plugin_basename( __FILE__ ), 'movie_noncename' );
  $mydata = get_post_meta($post->ID, 'movie', TRUE);
  echo '<input type="checkbox" id="movie_abc" name="movie_abc" value="true" />';
  echo '<input type="text" id="movie_xyz" name="movie_xyz" value="'.$mydata['movie_xyz'].'" size="60" />';
function save_postdata( $post_id ) {
  if ( defined( 'DOING_AUTOSAVE' ) && DOING_AUTOSAVE )
  if ( !wp_verify_nonce( $_POST['movie_noncename'], plugin_basename( __FILE__ ) ) )
  if ( !current_user_can( 'edit_post', $post_id ) )
  $mydata = array();
  foreach($_POST as $key => $data) {
    if($key == 'movie_noncename')
    if(preg_match('/^/i', $key)) 
      $mydata[$key] = $data;
  update_post_meta($post_id, 'movie', $mydata);
  return $mydata;

Your help will be highly appreciated.



echo '<input type="checkbox" id="movie_abc" name="movie_abc" value="true" />';


echo '<input type="checkbox" id="movie_abc" name="movie_abc" value="1"' . checked( $mydata , 1 ) . '/>';

...and let us know how you go.


Try the following,

echo '<input type="checkbox" id="movie_abc" name="movie_abc" value="1"', $mydata ? ' checked="checked"' : '', '/>';

Update 2

This is a duplicate question;

I now see in your code that you are not updating the meta_key values for,

movie_abc and movie_xyz

So you need to add,

update_post_meta($post_id, 'movie_abc', $mydata); //current value of this key is "true" only?
update_post_meta($post_id, 'movie_xyz', $mydata);

...to your save_postdata() function.

Update 3

$mydata = get_post_meta($post->ID, 'movie', TRUE);
if($mydata  == true)
$checked  = 'checked="checked"'; 
echo '<input type="checkbox" id="movie_abc" name="movie_abc" value=""', $checked, '/>';
  • thanks for you answer. I have implemented it but it's not working. – user1666698 Oct 17 '12 at 8:37
  • What happens if you change, checked( $mydata , 1 ) to (checked( $mydata , 1 )) - add extra brackets around side or alternatively checked( $mydata , 1, false ) – Adam Oct 17 '12 at 8:50
  • I have tried both with both- that is- with parentheses and with false, but it didn't work. – user1666698 Oct 17 '12 at 9:05
  • About saving of meta key value: Actually if you see I'm not saving meta key value for text input but I manage to save its value so I think that's not the matter. – user1666698 Oct 18 '12 at 18:22
  • What is the point of movie_abc - I don't follow your logic, it doesn't appear to be passed into your function, and the point of your regex? – Adam Oct 18 '12 at 18:36

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